Lost & Found Abbey Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale

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769 Ratings

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 65
Gots: 113 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 07-11-2006

Modeled after the great Trappist and Monastic beers that inspired the founding of our brewery. A richly deep garnet colored ale created from a blend of Domestic and imported malts. As part of our commitment to interesting brewing endeavors, Chef Vince created a special raisin puree for this beer. Malts, raisins and a fantastic yeast strain working in harmony produce a beer of amazing complexity and depth.
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Ratings: 769 | Reviews: 351
Reviews by jasonjlewis:
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a lackluster head with zero retention. dark amber in color.

very little on the nose, just a tad of raisin and chocolate. no esters to comment on.

taste is the best part, although not to style. chocolate come through with quite a bit of raisin. chocolate is a bit too pronounced for the style. burnt caramel comes through nicely.

mouthfeel lacks adequate carbonation.

this beer need some tweaks to find it identity. perhaps a yeast change and some more carbonation with a push towards a quadrupel.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a dirty orangish-brown with a modest head.

Smell – The bouquet starts off with a lovely almost weizen-esque fragrance of wheat then jumps right into some stiff malts laden with toffee. The big burst of fruit comes on next saving the best for last.

The main fruit is mild raisin and rich fig. There’s some good tobacco in there, too. Then, just when you think it’s all dark, you get some luscious summer-time fruits like melons and kiwi.

Taste – This is somewhat broken down at the taste, so don’t put any of these bottles in your cellar. The malts are rich with yeast but unstructured, leaving the fruits from the nose to rule the roost. No sense of alcohol BTW.

Mouthfeel – This just makes medium-bodied and breaks down easily in the mouth. It’s not nearly as carbonated as many other examples I’ve had of the style.

Drinkability – This is not a big monster Belgian. It goes down well and quite easy and is a good one for sharing maybe with someone new to the style.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

From their website: "As part of our commitment to interesting brewing endeavors, Chef Vince created a special raisin puree for this beer." Also along for the ride: Two Row, Wheat, Medium and Dark English Crystal, Special B and Chocolate Malts, German Magnum and German Tettnang hops, dextrose and a proprietary yeast strain. Interesting.

Deep brown, nearly opaque with some ruddy hues and a very creamy tan-colored lace. Aroma is soft with smells of ripe fruity esters, granola, fresh grist and hints of spice and figs. Silky-smooth and creamy on the palate, round and near full with a chewy malt consistency--mouthfeel is pure bliss. Complex base of figs, chocolate cake, raisins, ripe bananas, toffee, malted milk, sweet coffee and fresh rustic brown bread. No hop bitterness, but there's some green apple in the middle to help offset the malty sweetness. Warming and building alcohol brings a touch of pepper with it. Herbal and tea-like, with a lingering Grape Nuts flavor toward the drying finish that's a bit chalky with a "wheaty" husk edge.

An interesting twist inspired by a traditional style results in a kick-ass beer. We dig it. Extremely complex and immensely enjoyable. This beer would be an excellent candidate for a cigar pairing.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours into an Orval chalice with a vibrant ruddy brown color and a half inch of creamy off white head on top. Good clarity. Aromas start out with caramel and candi sugar infused somewhat roasty malt. A quite forward brown sugar and candied fruits aroma moves in along with notes of figs, raisins and a slight nutty character overall. Marzipan accents.

First sip brings a smooth, lightly roasted malt body with caramel and brown sugar accents. As it progresses a big candied fruit flavor moves in with notes of raisins, spice, nuts and fig. Flows down with a nice kick of Belgian yeast accents. It finishes with a touch of sweetness. Good brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a forward carbonation that works really well into the overall beer. An easy drinking dubbel that is nice and flavorful. This is another enjoyable brew from Lost Abbey. If you can get this locally and easy you should feel lucky, as this is one I would definitely drink again.

Photo of steveja57
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at PB Taproom while visiting in San Diego. Tapped into a goblet, beautiful dark ruby beer with thick white head. The nose is raisins, caramel, fig, really nice. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel and a touch of sourness to balance the slightly sweet flavor of roasted malts, chocolate/caramel, fig/raisin. Kept sticking my nose in the glass to smell it, marveling after each sip. Really hit the spot on a crystal clear December afternoon. Excellent Cali Abbey Ale

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian bomber, caged and corked, w/o freshness/bottling info. Pours dark milk chocolate brown, moderate murkyness, with a mocha head, so so retention, minor film and next to no lacing. Seems to be quite low in the carbonation department. Nose here is of traces of chocolate, light raisins and perhaps some earthyness. Another simply delicious creation to savor. Light raisins, more chocolate, toffee, gingerbreddy malts, yum...complex, subtle,mellow, smooth, coating and highly enjoyable suds...another reason to move closer to Lost Abbey/Pizza Port and San Diego, Ca.

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, cloudy, red/brown in color, some sediment

Smell: alcohol, brown sugar, raisin, and bread

Taste: alcohol, brown sugar, raisin, and bread

Mouthfeel: nice mix of bitter and sweet--more of a mix than other beers I have had in this style. Medium high carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: Complex for the style and it took me a bit of time to warm up to this beer. It is different from other dubbels I have had. I like the raisin and bread combination. Not sure if I would rush to get this as much as other Lost Abbey beers, but would not pass it over.

Photo of DoShek
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - cloudy, deep amber (like resin), alive with carbonation, poured with a thick two fingers of head that subsided within a couple of minutes to a thin layer

Smell - malty and sweet, red fruits, faint raisins

Taste - mild smokiness, very little bitterness from the hops, nondescript fruit/raisins, bit of alcohol coming through, reminds me of Ukrainian kvass

Mouthfeel - thick & smooth, velvety

Drinkability - couldn't have more than one or maybe two in a sitting, this one is a slow sipper

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium brown with tan head into a chalice. Aroma is dark fruit with maybe a touch of alcohol. Flavor is similar with lots of dark fruit, a little malt and sweetness, plus a little alcohol warming. As it warmed, I got a little chocolate flavor in the aftertaste. Overall, a very drinkable dubbel that lived up to the hype.

Photo of magictrokini
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ The Local. Poured deep mahogany with ruby edges, very brown. Small off-white head and no lacing. Nutty, caramel malt aroma that is sweet. Raisins and dates are also present, but in a non-sweetened state. Flat mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Kind of heavy but not syrupy. Dense, dark fruit tastes with caramel, however, there is a nice separation of the two and it avoids a "candy" flavor. Some occasional roasted malt and brown sugar taste pop in and out. Fig, date, and plum flavors waft in and out as it warms. Its kind of strange, drinks predominantly like a dubbel, but has the hint of a doppelbock.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown in color and only a bit of light gets through. Brussels lacing. A quarter inch thick head of khaki covered foam rests on top. Aroma of Belgian yeast and dark Belgian candy sugar is what I'm getting in the nose. The flavor is of dark Belgian candy sugar,dark malt,ands bit of tart Belgian yeast on the finish. Mouth is a bit chewy and sticky.

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Translucent, dark-brown amber liquid. Golden-brown head is huge, foaming quickly after a slow pour. The head is stiff and filled with small tiny bubbles, lasting for a very long time. Head recedes to a half-inch, and leaves huge gobs of sticky light brown lacing on the sides of the glass with every sip.

Incredibly aromatic beer. Aromas of raisins, prunes, and cherries. I also smell a burnt sugar, caramel aroma.

The initial flavor is spicy, like fresh-ground black pepper, with a malty backbone and a heavy dose of dark fruits. The raisin and cherry flavors are here too, but there's a spicy peppery flavor I did not find in the nose. My bottle is certainly well carbonated, and it's unfortunate all the bottles aren't carbonated similarly.

Light in the mouth and incredibly easy to drink. Quite balanced; no one flavor dominates any other, I would highly recommend this beer.

Just moved to the area and I made my first trip to Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA, and it is without a doubt the best beer store I have ever been to. It was heaven. I am a fan. Life is good.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown pour, kinda murky, tan head, nothing to look at here in the special category. Aroma, mild nuttiness and some belgian yeast, kind of like what I imagine a belgian nut brown would be.

Taste, hate to say it, but it was bland at best. Mild dark fruit, soggy wood, sweetness, no hops. Not a bad beer, but was just so ordinary for me. Not a big dubbel fan by any means, so at least it was tolerable. Alcohol seemed a little more than what I was looking for at the time. Rough raisin texture and presence in the mouthfeel.

Wouldn't recommend other than if you're all about this style or you just want something different to try. Like so much of LA's stuff more.

Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in San Marcos.

Pours deep amber with a white head that soon reduces but leaves nice patterns of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: intriguing fruity (dark fruit) aroma with a some medium malt base and alcohol esters

Flavor: slightly more yeasty/funky than the aroma, but not challenging to drink. Good sweet/bitter balance.

Feel: near medium body; medium, lightly crisp carbonation.

O: lacks the complexity and well hidden ABV of fine Belgian versions.

Photo of OStrungT
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy brownish red color with a small tan head. The head fades fast, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I can also detect a strong aroma of dates. Some raisins and cloves make an appearance also. It has a slight earthy yeast aroma.

This beer tastes pretty much like it smells. Lots of date aroma mixed in with some raisins and figs. Not much hop flavor. Earthy yeast flavor is also present.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a date like aftertaste. It is low on carbonation.

I think this beer might make a decent session beer. It dosent seem to be too high in alcohol, and the flavor is not too aggressive. I think it is a good beer, and one that I look forward to trying more as Port Brewing progresses.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee at the Brick Store during the LA/Port kick-off - thanks!

Pours a clear brownish-ruby color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts with a solid amount of spices - allspice and brown sugar - and equally large amounts of dark fruits - raisins mostly with hints of figs. As the beer warms faint amounts of nutty aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly thereafter by dark fruit flavors. Midway through the sip hints of spices come into play before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer for the style but nothing was present to really knock it out of the park. Worth a shot if you see it around.

Photo of pwoods
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a ton to cburian for adding this great brew in my Secret Bunny '08 box.

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a Walnut/ Mahogany mixture, opaque. Maybe 1 finger of tinted light head forms and falls very fast. Not much lacing.

S: Says it's brewed with raisins... and I agree :) Raisin scent is very strong and pleasantly alcoholic. Nice sweet caramel and light floral hops.

T/M: The raisin flavor isn't nearly as profound as in the scent, but still there. Sugary caramel malts with a pretty big alcohol presence more or less drowns things out a bit. The flavors are actually a touch on the weak side.. at least for the style. The body is a touch thin for my liking but has more unf mid swallow and strengthens even more as it warms further. Finishes on the dry side.

D: Drinks pretty easy for a dubbel and the lower ABV helps that. The brew was tasty but not as as potent at most are... though the alcohol was more so... haha, weird, I know. Since there are better and readily available dubbels in my area, I probably won't go back to this. Glad I could try it and was definitely worth my time. Thanks again, Chris.

Photo of sloejams
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm quite happy to see the Lost Abbey beers finally in LA.

This pours a dark cola like color with an impressive, well retained head. Lots of lacing throughout. The aroma was of plum, raisin and slight chocolate - sweet but not overpowering. Taste followed with the slightest hop bitterness.

Of the two, I purchased the Avant Garde was the winner, but I'll definitely be picking this up again.

Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from bottle at the Monk's Cafe Lost Abbey dinner the other night. This was paired along side the Amazin Grace brew. The beer poured a deep amber colored body with a medium thickness tan head. The nose has a malty sweet character with some fruits notes to boot. The taste is more of the same with a nice malt profile and some dried fruit characters as well.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The pour is a typical Belgium double...dark amber almost with no light penetrating...soft off white head of two fingers that melts to a top capping lacing.
Aromas are toasted amber malts, dark Belgium fruits (raisins, prunes, etc) and a hint of tropical...pineapple perhaps?
Taste is sweet candy toasted amber malts, dark sweet fruits (again, raisins, plums, prunes, etc), and a soft bitterness as you swallow.
Aftertaste is clean with only the memory of the flavors in the taste left behind.
Mouthfeel is full with the massive tiny carbonation.

Photo of mrelizabeth
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Counterpoint.

A- Great color. Plum/raisin when full in the glass, lightens to a pale red/brown when nearly empty. Really attractive purple Belgian. Clean head.

S- Malty, yeasty aroma w/ a touch of fruit.

T- Lightly fruity Belgian, malty, minimally sour.

M- Refreshing and clean. Balanced on the tongue.

O- Nice Belgian if you are looking for something a bit different, or if you are a fan of red ales. Not as sour/fruity as it looks.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Lost Abbey- Lost & Found Ale

Poured from a corked and trapped 1pint 9.4 oz bottle into a Magic Hat tulip glass.

Appearance- Dark dried blood reddish brown with a small foamy head.
Smell- I couldn't detect much here. Dried fruits: raisin and prune, with a touch of alcohol.
Taste- Light dried fruits. Raisin and Prune are the most dominent. I detect a bit of caramel malt and fig newtons.
Mouthfeel- Light and sweet up front with a building tangy boozy finish.

Overall- The flavor is just subdued and actually a little watery at first. A good sipper but just not worth the $10 I paid for it.
$4 or $5, on tap, definitely.

Photo of GilGarp
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a few too many hop bombs lately, I've decided to go back to a style that has long been a favorite, Belgian dubbel.

This is my first of the Lost Abbey's beers and I'm happy to have them in Colorado. I secretly hope this encourages New Belgium to go back to their roots and make some great belgian style ales. Maybe even re-release Abbey Gran Cru?! On to the review...

The bottle is beautiful for starters. It has a stunning label, a black wire cage over real cork, and a metal cap with the brewery's logo. It pops quietly and pours slowly into the center of a tulip glass with almost no head. It is dark walnut brown with a faint hint of redness and good clarity.

Aromas are subtle but very pleasant. Mainly fruits and some spice.

Flavor is excellent with all the telltale signs of a great dubbel - raisins, figs, plums, apples, spices, and nuts. It's very enjoyable and complex. Luckily, Lost Abbey does not display the common attribute of American versions being overpowered. The great thing about Belgian styles is that they have many flavors that all get along together without shouting over one another.

Mouthfeel is great, nice and smooth, and I'm glad it isn't too carbonated the way Belgians often are.

Drinkability is very good as well and if it were lower in alcohol, I could drink it all night.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the trade.

Pours a murky dark brown/red. One finger fluffy head dissipates to a ring with thin layer of foam. Nose is malty with dark fruit flavors and light yeast tones. Up front the taste is dark fruit. raisin and some date or fig. malts balance the middle with a nice hop lick on the finish. mouthfeel is very nice, maybe just a touch thin. Drinkability is quite high. A very good belgian style dubbel. I am impressed with my first taste from the lost abbey. This left me looking for and wanting more, the lost abbey truly is the perfect name!

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the sweetest Belgium beers I ever had, on tap at Solena Beach. I declined a bottle purchase. It is amber red with lots of lace, very fresh. Fresh yeast aroma. WIll it get less candy after ageing? That would help. Good body, but only sweetness dominates and it’s cloying.

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Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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